Governor signs trailer bill; training is this week


Governor Pritzker, without any fanfare, signed the trailer bill to the SAFE-T Act on Friday, June 25, 2021. The bill was HB 3443 SA5, which the Illinois Chiefs supported in the final days of the spring legislative session. The governor announced his action on the bill in a routine announcement that included action that he took on several other bills. The Illinois Chiefs asked the governor to sign the bill.

"The trailer bill makes a number of important improvements to sloppy language in the SAFE-T Act, and so now we immediately pivot to helping agencies with implementing the SAFE-T Act itself, as modified by the trailer bill," said ILACP Executive Director Ed Wojcicki. The SAFE-T Act was passed in January 2021 and signed in February, and now the trailer bill that was passed May 31 was signed on June 25.

Ever since the original bill passed in January, the Illinois Chiefs have been updating this Police Reform Bill Resource Center, where you can get a lot of information.

ILETSB announces free webinar June 30 on training aspects of SAFE-T Act and trailer bill

The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board has announced it will host a live webinar on Wednesday, June 30, to discuss the changes in law effective July 1 that impact the training curriculum for Illinois officers. A brief overview of the in-service mandates for law enforcement officers that will be effective as of January 2022 will also be addressed. General Counsel Kelly Griffith will give an update on the work the Training Board is doing to implement the changes outlined in the SAFE-T Act and “Trailer Bill.”

The webinar is free, but you must register to participate. The registration link is here

You can download ILETSB's flyer here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This webinar from ILETSB is different from the training being offered by the Illinois Chiefs on June 28 and June 29. You will get a lot of additional information by participating in the ILETSB webinar.


LAST CHANCE: Illinois Chiefs training: Zoom sessions on SAFE-T Act and trailer bill 

CHOOSE FROM TWO DATES (same program): Click on the date desired to register

Monday, June 28, 2021 – 1 to 4 p.m., via Zoom

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 – 9 a.m. to 12 noon, via Zoom

LIMITED TO 300 people at each session

Get details on:

  • PA 101-652 – the SAFE-T Act signed by Governor Pritzker on February 22, 2021
  • HB 3443 SA5 – the trailer bill that just passed May 31, 2021

What this training is:

ILACP is bringing together a group of experts who are knowledgeable about both the reform law that is effective July 1 and the trailer bill that made many significant changes in the original law. See the list below.

The same session will be offered twice and give you guidance on what the law says and what you need to do with policies and training to get ready for its implementation.

Major Topics to be addressed that are effective July 1, 2021

  • Permanent retention of police misconduct records

  • Body camera video review

  • Use of force
    • Chemical agents/irritants/pepper spray
    • Tasers
    • When to pursue
    • Use of deadly force
    • Chokeholds
    • Duty to render aid
    • Duty to intervene

  • New reporting requirements
    • Death in custody
    • Mental health incidents on the street
    • Use of force that results in death or great bodily harm
    • FBI National Use of Force database

  • Other important new topics
    • Attorney General investigations and possible civil penalties
    • Deflection programs and nine new required areas of training
    • Definition of police misconduct
    • Changes in acquiring military surplus equipment
    • No-knock warrants

  • Topics in the law that are deferred to 2022 or 2023 (will be addressed in future training)
      • Arrest for resisting vs. obstruction (2023)
      • Mental health screenings for officers (2022)
      • “30 hours of training every 3 years” (2022)
      • Decertification changes (2022)
      • Anonymous complaints (2022)
      • 3 phone calls for people in custody (2022)
      • Citations in lieu of arrest for Class B and C misdemeanor (2023)
      • Bail gives way to Pretrial Release in bail reform (2023) 


This is our team of presenters. Many will be at both sessions, but schedules will vary slightly:

  • Jamie Mosser, Kane County State’s Attorney
  • Tom Haine, Madison County State’s Attorney
  • Jim Glasgow, Will County State’s Attorney and/or Assistant State's Attorney Dant Foulk
  • Nancy Donahoe, DuPage County State’s Attorney's office 

  • Chief Mitchell R. Davis III, Hazel Crest, ILACP President
  • Chief Marc Maton, Lemont, ILACP Legislative Committee Chair
  • Chief James R. Kruger, Jr., Oak Brook, ILACP Past President
  • Don Zoufal, ILACP legal advisor
  • Ed Wojcicki, ILACP Executive Director
  • John Millner, ILACP lobbyist

  • Chief Patrick Kreis, Vernon Hills
  • Deputy Chief Dale Mitchell, Hazel Crest
  • Chief LaDon Reynolds, Oak Park
  • Yvette Heintzelman, attorney, Heintzelman Law
  • Jill Leka, attorney, Clark Baird Smith

CHOOSE FROM TWO DATES (same program): Click on the date desired to register

Monday, June 28, 2021 – 1 to 4 p.m., via Zoom

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 – 9 a.m. to 12 noon, via Zoom

COST: $45 per person

The Zoom link for the training will be sent when you register.

Here is a link to our always-updating 2021 Police Reform Resource Center.